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Rochester resident looks to start 'draw Muhammad' contest
by Liz Markhlevskaya
City resident Jerry DeLemus has plans to start a "draw Muhammad" art contest in New Hampshire later this summer.
DeLemus, who is one of the founders of the 9/12 Project in Rochester, acknowledged that the contest would be seen as blasphemous by some Muslims. Images of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad are prohibited in Islam. But DeLemus claimed that in light of groups who would kill citizens expressing their freedom of speech, protecting the constitutional rights is more important.
Last month, two gunmen were killed after they opened fire at a "draw Muhammad" art contest in Garland, Texas. In an interview Thursday, DeLemus addressed the potential dangers such contest could draw in New Hampshire.
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